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One of the things I’ve always loved about having dogs is the community that almost automatically gets built up around them. Whether it’s seeing the same people every day on my morning walk with Shelby and Diesel, my rescue Pit mixes, watching them meet new friends at the dog beach and neighborhood dog park, or finding new dog-friendly places we can take them, they inspire a circle of other dog lovers that we wouldn’t otherwise be a part of.
To me, this is one of the wonderful things about i Love Dogs – it builds on that community of dog lovers and develops it in the online sphere. Part of our mission is growing our community of dog lovers around the web. We love posting great interviews with and articles about dog-friendly folk, veterinarians, advocates and dog lovers just like you! If you have any questions or feedback, or any suggestions for stories we should cover, send me an email, or let us know via Facebook, Twitter or YouTube.
I’m a longtime professional writer whose love for mutts started when I was 3 years old and my family adopted a German Shepherd-something pound puppy.
I was thrilled to be named Blogger of the Week recently by PetPR.com, and to be interviewed by the Associated Press for an i Love Dogs story I broke about a McDonald’s commercial that negatively portrayed Pit Bulls.
Along with dogs, I love turtles, elephants and other critters. I am proud to have recently been a blogger and campaign organizer for Change.org.
When I’m not writing about animals, I like to bake cupcakes, play word games shrewdly and the piano badly, and hang out with my two Pit Bull-mix pound pups, Leroy and Ella.
I used to buy into the hype that Pit Bulls were mean and vicious … until I got one of my own. Now I know their main offense is “waterboarding” you with slobbery kisses, along with always wanting to hop onto your lap and snuggle, even though they weigh 70 pounds. Ow.
My love affair with both dogs and news reporting coincidentally started when I was just 5 years old. I would to sneak off with a fistful of Cheerios for my neighbor’s dog, Kuma (which means bear in Japanese), before I ran off to investigate the world with my mini tape recorder. Some of my happiest memories are sitting out in the cold with Kuma, petting him between his eyes and slipping a few bits of cereal between the chain link fence that stood between us.
It wouldn’t be until much later when I would fall in love again with my first dog, Snoopy, a Norwegian Elkhound-Akita-German Shepherd mix from the Carson, Calif., animal shelter. With his ribs showing, thin gray fur and a giant head, no one would even imagine that he would become the beautiful dog that he did.
Today, I share my apartment with a zoo of animals: four bunnies, a parakeet and the newest edition, a teacup Chihuahua named Sammy. Mobber, a 2-year-old Pit Bull-Labrador mix, still lives at home with my parents, who have a large backyard for him to play in.
I am also proud to be a member of the advisory board for the Lu Parker Project.
In my spare time I enjoy taking photographs and videos, editing various media, traveling, target shooting and improving my aim, cooking, eating, blogging and playing video games.
I’ve had a love affair with dogs ever since I was a child. I love walking my Keeshond, Nala, around the block or playing with my boyfriend’s Leonberger, Amiko, in the sand at the dog beach.
When I was a journalism major at California State University, Long Beach, I had the unique opportunity to intern for i Love Dogs before joining the team full-time. Not only do I get the pleasure of promoting something that I love, but I also get to use my social media expertise to Tweet, Facebook and Foursquare about the company. Writing for the websites has also been the perfect excuse for me to go on more adventures to dog-friendly venues with Nala or Amiko.
When I’m not with my pups, I’m at the rink playing ice hockey or watching the latest Anaheim Ducks game. I also enjoy playing video games, watching movies or curling up with a good book.
- Contributing Writers
I got my first dog when I was 8 years old, and I’ve been an animal lover ever since. I currently have two cats, Deggo (in the photo with me) and Max.I’ve been a bookkeeper for 10 years. In my free time I enjoy scrapbooking, reading, cooking and gardening, and I’m a big Lakers fan.
I like working for i Love Dogs because I believe in what we stand for. I take supplements myself and I like the idea of taking them to the next level – to take care of animals.